Want a greener house? Don’t know where to start? If you’re going to be in the Chicago area in late July, check out the second annual GreenBuilt Home Tour, sponsored by the US Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter.
Last year, tour-goers got to snoop around 16 homes built by top Northern Illinois builders using sustainable techniques. Homes were verified by third parties to make sure they followed best practices in creating healthy, energy-saving homes.
You can tour a range of houses for the July 26-27, 2014. Homes include the Uber Haus, built by Weiss Building & Development LLC, which is considered the country’s first non-toxic “passive house.” This means it conforms to the world’s most stringent building energy efficiency standard, requiring home design to provide minimal energy loss and to maximize passive gains. Brandon Weiss himself, plus architect Tom Bassett-Dilley, will be on hand to help visitors understand the concept of a passive house.
If you just want to visit a single house, you can get a pass for 10 dollars. But why not shell out 25 bucks and see them all? Proceeds go to support USGBC-IL chapter initiatives.